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It is pretty straight forward, but I figured I would include a quick guide.

The only noteworthy aspects of this are

1) You need to cut out some of your boot foam, using a blade as shown

2) You need to remove some of the boot trim

3) If you get the one with the brake master cyl stopper, you need to slip the red anodised part in as pictured before tightening it up

4) You will need a allen key and a ratchet, as pictures


Anyways, here are the pics.. Click for full size.

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nice work. its really needed, if you have the rear seats down and radio off etc you really hear it twist
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Does the spare wheel fit under the rear brace? Your pic appears like it might, thought I had thought that it didn't.
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Nah it definitely doesn't fit with the brace in.
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Here is mine, installed (I didn't get the spare) but a couple of images to show the fit with the "no-spare" boot mat. (I did have to take out a couple of pieces out of the mat) it looks pretty sweet.

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It looks like it sits semi flush maybe worth getting and install it then take it out for long trips that may require the spare
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Nah it definitely doesn't fit with the brace in.


I've been wondering about this myself. Have a look in here: http://www.ft86club....3396#post653396

Those photos show that a tyre fits in the well beneath the strut brace. That's an American version of the car, I'm wondering if the boot differs from ours in any way. WTF, any word on if this is possible? And do you reckon there's any way to cut holes and squeeze in the rubber mat to use the boot normally?

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I've been wondering about this myself. Have a look in here: http://www.ft86club....3396#post653396

Those photos show that a tyre fits in the well beneath the strut brace. That's an American version of the car, I'm wondering if the boot differs from ours in any way. WTF, any word on if this is possible? And do you reckon there's any way to cut holes and squeeze in the rubber mat to use the boot normally?

Vic


That's only a space saver tyre, not a full size steel or alloy one.
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I've been wondering about this myself. Have a look in here: http://www.ft86club....3396#post653396

Those photos show that a tyre fits in the well beneath the strut brace. That's an American version of the car, I'm wondering if the boot differs from ours in any way. WTF, any word on if this is possible? And do you reckon there's any way to cut holes and squeeze in the rubber mat to use the boot normally?

Vic

The car body is exactly the same everywhere. It's just 'bolt on' parts/accessories that vary ... Hence the wheel well is the same for Us and Oz.
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What are the nuts for that come with the rear brace??

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Hi Guys,

 

I'm a newbie and have four questions.

1. When mounting the front and I unbolt the coil overs do I need to be concerned about front end set up moving?

2. Torque settings on these front bolts?

3. Recommendations on a supplier around Sydney?

4. What difference have you found the braces have made?



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I'm trying to decide either Cusco or Beatrush...any suggestion?

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Do you like blue or gold?

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Hi Guys,

 

I'm a newbie and have four questions.

1. When mounting the front and I unbolt the coil overs do I need to be concerned about front end set up moving?

2. Torque settings on these front bolts?

3. Recommendations on a supplier around Sydney?

4. What difference have you found the braces have made?

 

1: The car should be stationary, nothing will move. Don't worry.

2: Hand tight. If the struts fall off, it's too loose. If the studs snap, it's too tight. The specs are on the Cusco instruction guide, I don't think the torque figures are too high. Interesting side note, toyota say the nuts are 1-use only, but Cusco only provide replacement nuts for rear.

3: Unknown.

4: Front end is more direct, back end seems a liitle more eager to follow. Nice, predictable. Brake Stopper also makes the pedal firmer and more confident, although the increased vibration through the pedal will feel odd until you get used to it.



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Follow up on strut braces. I realised that it's a little inconvenient to get to the spare/repair kit with the rear brace in place, and I don't often travel with a socket set/hex key set.

 

So I splurged on these for the rear. Makes life that little bit easier!

 

http://www.cusco.co....ease_lever.html

 

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available on eBay for a decent price ($55inc postage from Japan):

 

http://www.ebay.com....=item46221a127e


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4: Front end is more direct, back end seems a liitle more eager to follow. Nice, predictable. Brake Stopper also makes the pedal firmer and more confident, although the increased vibration through the pedal will feel odd until you get used to it.

Have heard of a few people talk about vibration through the brake pedal when a brake brace is installed, has anyone tried a piece of rubber between the stopper and the master cylinder? or is it not bad enough to bother?



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That's an interesting idea scroom and one I might just try out.

 

I haven't really had an issue with a vibration in the brake pedal with mine, but then I guess I don't stand too hard on them.

 

Needless, I will give your suggestion a go when I can source a suitable product that can withstand the environment within the engine bay.


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Its not a distracting or un-natural vibration, it's just a different feel to stock. I don't even notice it anymore.






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